Guiraut de Calanso

Guiraut de Calanso

Giraut or Guiraut de Calanso or Calanson (fl. 1202–1212)Gaunt and Kay, 286.] was a Gascon troubadour in the Occitan language. Of his lyric works that remain five are "cansos", two "descorts", a "congé", a "planh", and a "vers" ("truth" poem). He also wrote a mock "ensenhamen" (didactic poem) entitled "Fadet juglar".

Guiraut's hometown cannot be located. It may be a Calanso in Gascony or one of two locales named Chalançon, one in Ardèche and one in Drôme.Egan, 41.] According to his "vida" he was originally a jongleur well-versed in letters. His "vida" indicates that he composed "skillful songs "desplazens" and "descortz"." The meaning of "desplazens" is under dispute: it could refer to a type of verse expressing displeasure or be an adjective ("displeasing in tone") modifying "songs" ("cansos"). The author of the "vida" notes that these works were of the type "d'aquella saison", "of that time", and were disliked in Provence, where he was disrespected among courtly society. This may point to a Gascon literary tradition (or fad, as the case may be) distinct to that region and unpopular outside it. A clue to this tradition may be found in the "vida" of Peire de Valeira, who also wrote songs "of that time" which were "of little value".Wilson, 516.]

Guiraut was an often present at the courts of Castile, León, and Aragon. His sole "planh" (lament) was written on the death of Ferdinand, the heir-apparent of Alfonso VIII of Castile, who died of illness during a campaign against the Moors. Guiraut describes him thus:Of the rest of Guiraut's corpus at least two works are conscious imitations. His lone "vers" is in imitation of Arnaut Daniel. "Fadet juglar" mockingly attacks a jongleur's ignorance in imitation of a similar work by Guiraut de Cabreira. [Chaytor, 122.] Much later, in 1280, Guiraut Riquier, for a competition, wrote a commentary on a work of Guiraut de Calanso's for Henry II of Rodez. [Harvey, 23.] None of Guiraut de Calanso's music, if he wrote any, has survived.



*Aubrey, Elizabeth [ "References to Music in Old Occitan Literature."] "Acta Musicologica", 61:2 (May–Aug., 1989), pp. 110–149.
*Chaytor, H. J. [ "The Troubadours".] Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1912.
*Egan, Margarita, ed. and trans. "The Vidas of the Troubadours". New York: Garland, 1984. ISBN 0824094379.
*Gaunt, Simon, and Kay, Sarah (edd.) "The Troubadours: An Introduction". Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1999. ISBN 0 521 574730.
*Harvey, Ruth. "Courtly culture in medieval Occitania" (pp. 8–27). "The Troubadours: An Introduction". Simon Gaunt and Sarah Kay, edd. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1999. ISBN 0 521 574730.
*Wilson, Elizabeth R. "Old Provençal "vidas" as Literary Commentary." "Romance Philology", 33:4 (1980:May), pp. 510–518.

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